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May 10, 2013
New Jakarta Declaration Aims to Strengthen Rights to Environmental Information in Asia
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The Jakarta Declaration aims to strengthen rights to environmental information in Indonesia, China, Japan, Mongolia, the Philippines, and Thailand. Photo credit: Luca Bruno, Flickr

(Original article posted by Carole Excell on WRI Insights on May 9, 2013: http://insights.wri.org/news/2013/05/new-jakarta-declaration...)

May 7, 2013
UK now in settlement talks with Mau Mau torture survivors

Per the Guardian (UK) article, below: Litigation in UK uncovered over 8,000 files regarding 37 former UK colonies a year ago, amongst them, a June 1957 memo from then attorney general of the British administration in Kenya, which included the statement on mistreatment of the detainees as “distressingly reminiscent of conditions in Nazi Germany or Communist Russia,” but that beatings could be sanctioned, as long as the abuse was kept secret.

May 7, 2013
Hungarian Parliament to curtail freedom of information legislation

Some recent and rather sad news on freedom of information from Hungary. http://atlatszo.hu/2013/04/29/hungarian-parliament-to-curtai...

The Bill was submitted to the Parliament on Sunday (see the date on the document http://www.parlament.hu/irom39/10904/10904.pdf) and the Parliament after a very thorough consideration adopted it today in the morning.

The timing of the adoption of the Bill, that was rushed through the Parliament, perfectly shows Hungary’s commitment to principles of open government as the country officially joined the OGP last week.

May 7, 2013
El acceso a la información ambiental

(Spanish only)

Cuando los países firmaron, en 1992, la Declaración de Río, en la Primera Conferencia de Naciones Unidas sobre Ambiente y Desarrollo, incluyeron el principio 10, que hoy se conoce como el que establece los derechos de acceso.

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